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Know Your Enemy: St. Louis Rams, 2014 NFL Draft Rounds 2 & 3
With the Seahawks playing in football's most competitive division, we think it's pretty important to keep tabs on how the club's NFC West rivals operate in this year's NFL Draft.
Owning two of the draft's top 13 picks, the St. Louis Rams made quite the splash in round one. The Rams made offensive tackle Greg Robinson (No. 2 overall) and defensive tackle Aaron Donald (No. 13 overall) the first players off the board at their respective positions, adding size and physicality to both sides of the football up front.
"If you look at St. Louis, their nickel package now is going to be ridiculous," Seahawks general manager John Schneider said after the first round wrapped up on Thursday. "They got a total road grader at tackle. They did a great job."
Here's a look at what the Rams did on day two of the League's annual event:
The Pick: DB Lamarcus Joyner, Round 2, No. 41 Overall
Who They Are: The Rams acquired the pick in a trade with the Bills, shipping their second- (No. 44 overall) and fifth-round (No. 153) selections to Buffalo to target the 5-foot-8, 184-pound defensive back out of Florida State.
NFL.com Analysis: "A terrific college football player and galvanizing leader for a national champion, Joyner is a tweener lacking unique physical traits for the pro game, and his dimensions leave him vulnerable to mismatches. However, he possesses special intangibles which could enable him to make his mark on special teams and compete for a sub-package role as a short-hole plugger where he can make plays on the ball in front of him.ole plugger where he can make plays on the ball in front of him.teams and in the return game to carve a role. Has a make-it attitude and winning mentality that could allow him to overcome his physical limitations. Compares favorably to Panthers 2009 seventh-rounder Captain Munnerlyn."
What It Means: A needed body in the secondary for the Rams and from the sounds of it someone who's willing to contribute on special teams. Joyner has the ability to play safety, as well as slide inside to the nickel corner position.
The Pick: RB Tre Mason, Round 3, No. 75 Overall
Who He Is: A 5-foot-8, 208-pound running back from the national-champion runner-up Auburn Tigers. He's the second player the Rams have selected out of Auburn this year (Robinson, No. 2 overall).
What He's Done: The first non-quarterback to lead Auburn in total offense since Bo Jackson in 1985. Piled up 1,816 yards and 23 touchdowns on 5.7 yards per carry for the Tigers on his way to SEC Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2013.
What It Means: The Rams featured Zac Stacy at running back for the majority of last season, but Mason has the talent (and resume) to challenge Stacy for carries right away.
What's Next: As it stands, the Rams hold seven - yep, you read that right - picks on the draft's final day, selecting once in the fourth (No. 110 overall), twice in the sixth (No. 188 & No. 214), and four times in the seventh (No. 226, No. 241, No. 249 & No. 250)